Sopko Graduates Basic Training

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Army National Guard Spec. Richard J. Sopko has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.

He is the son of Karen Ward-Mormak of Clark. The private graduated in 2006 from Arthur L. Johnson High School, Clark, and received a bachelor’s degree in 2010 from Clemson University, S.C.

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